Director, Transaction Advisory Services - Accounting and Financial Reporting - London, UK

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Financial and Valuation Advisory
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TAS - Transaction Advisory Services

Director, Accounting and Financial Reporting

Houlihan Lokey, Inc. (NYSE:HLI) is a global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, and financial and valuation advisory. Houlihan Lokey serves corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide with offices in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of the firm's commitment to client success across its advisory services. The firm is the No. 1 investment bank for global M&A transactions under $1 billion, the No. 1 M&A advisor for the past eight consecutive years in the U.S., the No. 1 global restructuring advisor for the past nine consecutive years, and the No. 1 global M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 25 years, all based on number of transactions and according to data provided by Refinitiv.

Transaction Advisory Services

Houlihan Lokey's Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) team assists private equity and corporate clients by providing cohesive diligence across financial, tax, data analytics, cybersecurity, and technical accounting. Leveraging data-based insights, strong technical knowledge and industry experience, the TAS team supports clients in M&A, strategic transformations and capital markets endeavors.

Drawing on Houlihan Lokey's market leadership in middle-market M&A transactions, our deals experts provide candid, unbiased, and rigorous support on matters most impacting deal value, and assist investors in identifying and evaluating key value drivers and risk factors.

Job Purpose:

Our Transaction Advisory Services - Accounting and Financial Reporting practice is growing rapidly and seeking a Director to spearhead our growth in the UK and European market. Our specialists have deep knowledge of deals, sectors, and accounting matters that enables them to fully understand the challenges clients face. Our Accounting and Financial Reporting advisory team collaborates closely with our corporate finance, financial restructuring, capital markets and client teams, supporting clients through their strategic dealmaking and financial reporting requirements, including :
  • Capital raises and listings, including IPOs, SPAC mergers, debt offerings and private placements
  • Domestic and cross-border buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions
  • Corporate divestments and reorganizations
  • Financial restructurings and bankruptcies
As a Director in Accounting & Financial Reporting , you will:
  • Team with an exceptionally talented and dedicated group of deals and advisory professionals on a domestic and international basis , providing you broad exposure to different transactional and technical issues affecting businesses within the M&A landscape and capital markets today
  • Work in a variety of industries on an investment banking platform, gaining exposure to the broader corporate finance industry and capital markets on a global basis
  • Develop and extend your financial and interpersonal skills as you collaborate with management finance teams and sponsors to advance their accounting and financial reporting objectives resulting from transaction driven events
Responsibilities & Deliverables:
  • Develop a go-to-market approach, build an experienced execution team and develop trusted relationships with clients and other HL business leaders
  • Lead business development initiatives and events for both existing firm accounts as well as targeted new accounts and network with prospects to build revenue producing relationships
  • Spearhead internal and external practice development efforts and overall account management for the UK and European markets
  • Assist in leading various firm-level strategic growth and operational initiatives with senior members of the firm
  • Operate as the lead officer on various multi-discipline client accounts
  • Serve as the lead principal overseeing the execution of buy-side, sell-side, capital raise and restructuring transaction advisory engagements
  • Lead client meetings with senior sponsor and C-suite professionals, review financial models, technical accounting analyses and financial reporting disclosures and deliver work product and presentations confidently
  • Direct the efforts of Senior Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents, Associates and Financial Analysts, providing guidance with an apprenticeship approach and serving as a career mentor responsible for development of the team
  • Collaborate closely with corporate finance, capital markets, valuation, and financial restructuring colleagues and drive cross-firm execution and selling efforts
Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting from an accredited university (BA or BSc)
  • Qualified Chartered Accountant
  • A minimum of 15 years of professional experience, including transaction accounting advisory experience at a Big 4 or national firm
  • Representative domestic and cross-border deals and client history on private and public transactions and capital markets activities
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Extensive experience providing accounting and financial reporting advisory services and other transaction-related services
  • Demonstrated expertise and application of M&A and capital markets concepts
  • Mastery of IFRS and UK GAAP including many of the following: financial statement and prospectus preparation, divestments/carve-outs, IPO readiness/execution, business combination accounting, FPPP and pro forma reporting, UKLA rules and regulations, IFRS/US GAAP conversion, financial instruments accounting, stock compensation accounting and transaction related issues
  • Exceptional analytical abilities
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication and project management skills
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully leading teams and growing revenue opportunities
  • Ability to successfully collaborate with internal and external stakeholder groups including international constituents
  • Strong command of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and common database systems
  • Experience with data analytics tools (Alteryx, Tableau, etc.) preferred
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic

Reference: 52712632

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